October 2015 Previews: Carman’s Picks

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Private Eye – Deluxe Edition HC

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Brian K. Vaughan (A) Marcos Martin, Muntsa Vicente (CA) Marcos Martin

THE EISNER AWARD-WINNING “BEST DIGITAL COMIC” IS FINALLY AVAILABLE IN PRINT!

Because retailers, readers, and ROBERT KIRKMAN demanded it, the online sensation from PanelSyndicate.com’s BRIAN K. VAUGHAN (SAGA, PAPER GIRLS) and MARCOS MARTIN (The Amazing Spider-Man, Doctor Strange: The Oath) is finally coming to print with this gorgeous deluxe hardcover edition, presented in the story’s original widescreen format!

Years after the digital cloud “bursts” and exposes all of our worst secrets, THE PRIVATE EYE is set in an inevitable future where everyone has a secret identity. Following an unlicensed P.I. who is thrust into the most important case of his life, this sci-fi mystery explores the nature of privacy with frightening prescience.

Collects THE PRIVATE EYE #1-10

Private Eye is a book that I’ve been meaning to read since its first issue. Strangely, even with the appeal of cyber-dystopian noir and a writer like Brian K. Vaughan attached to it, I’ve yet to get around to reading it. Now that the previously digital-only book is being printed in its entirety, I’ve got no excuse. I can’t wait to finally read this one and see how the “widescreen” 12″ x 8″ format translates on the page.

 

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Black Jack Ketchum #1 (of 4)

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Brian Schimer (A) Claudia Balboni (CA) Jeremy Saliba

In a dreamlike version of the Old West, Tom Ketchum struggles to clear his name-and stay alive-when he’s mistaken for wanton outlaw “Black Jack” Ketchum. With the aid of his talking sidearm, a secretive gambler, and a mute girl with a Winchester, Tom evades the mysterious Union and its supernatural enforcers, the faceless Dusters, as he’s forced to question his identity, his sanity, and his very existence.

I love the idea of a surreal take on the American Old West. Imagine if Luis Buñuel made a cowboy movie. I would absolutely watch that. I was interested in the concept of this book, but the panels shown in this month’s Previews are what sold me. One image in particular shows two characters that are humanoid in shape, but their bodies are made up of an outer-space landscape (reminiscent of DC’s New Starman, but without a face). Also, they were wearing dusters. Yep. I’m definitely interested to check out this four-part miniseries.

 

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The Massive: Ninth Wave #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Brian Wood (A) Garry Brown (CA) John Paul Leon

In the pages of The Massive, Ninth Wave was struggling to repair a broken world. But before that, they were the preeminent global environmental-rescue unit, taking on criminals, polluters, politicians, and rogue states. The Massive: Ninth Wave tells these stories in a stylish, high-action, done-in-one format, reuniting the entire creative team from the original series.  

I’ve only read the first trade of The Massive, but I really enjoyed what I read. It’s a character-driven, slow burn of a book, with a vision of the future that’s grounded in reality. Ninth Wave gives me more incentive to finally catch up with The Massive and see what the crew were up to before the events of the main series.

 

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New Romancer #1 (of 12)

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Peter Milligan (A/CA) Brett Parson

Fired from a cushy job in Silicon Valley, Lexy becomes a coder for New Romancer, an Internet-dating app that’s seen better days. To create fake profiles, she plunders characteristics from history’s most notorious lovers. Using little-known writings by Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, Lexy pushes the boundaries of coding and accidentally unleashes history’s greatest lover: Lord Byron. Online dating meets courtly love in this paranormal rom-com by Vertigo veteran writer Peter Milligan and rising art-star Brett Parson (Tank Girl).

With an amalgamation of computer programming, online dating, and 19th-century Romantic literature, New Romancer sounds like a crazy book. Although I do think that the premise is pretty interesting, Peter Milligan writing it is what has me most excited about the book. I’m currently finishing up reading the omnibus for Milligan and Allred’s X-Statix run, and I’ve been loving it. I’m very curious to check this one out.

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